Forgetting Thanksgiving

November 11, 2015


Many people pass by this word as if it is nothing. Sure they remember that they have to go to Grandma’s house for lunch, but other then that it is nothing to them. Many people switch straight to Christmas. While, in my mind that is excellent to do if you are also remembering that Christmas is for the birth of Jesus Christ, not spending a billion dollars on Christmas gifts. That however is a topic for another day.

However, as such a high paced society we forget that there is an entire MONTH dedicated to one word: Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, many have forgotten to be thankful and go straight into, “I want this. I need that. More more more” attitude. Even the bible stresses the importance of being thankful in my favorite verse:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God , which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.

-Phillippians 4:6-7

Stores too quickly get rid of their Thanksgiving stuff, replacing it with Christmas. As a matter of fact, I went to the grocery store Monday looking for some window clings for Thanksgiving. I was quickly met with, “I’m sorry Ma’am, but those were on clearance last week and we have no more.” It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and the “Thanksgiving Items” are already on sale? How is this possible? We complain of life becoming to fast these days, of children not getting to be children and wonder why. This is exactly why! We are rushed we jump straight from Halloween to Christmas with no time to slow down, which is exactly what Thanksgiving is all about. Thanksgiving should be about family, and getting together with them and not just for the sales.

That’s another reason why Thanksgiving has gotten pushed to the side. It has become a shopping holiday. Growing up, we all knew of Black Friday and that was great. But what really irritates me now is how “Black Friday” deals have started happening on Thanksgiving Night. That is ridiculous in my opinion. I love a good deal don’t get me wrong. I often shop at thrift stores and will go out of my way to save money. But this is wrong to me. Instead of being able to enjoy the night of thanks- many people leave early to get in on the deals or to go wait in line. It kills the spirit.   I even enjoyed Black Friday, because we would have to get up so early but even then it was a family (mostly women) event. However the “deals” are starting to cut into memories. One day you will look back on and wonder why didn’t I stay longer with Great Grandma and Grandpa and listen to their stories, only to realize that you left early that day to get a big screen TV on sale. I just wish that life would slow down again, and that people remember what November is about before jumping straight to a different holiday.

If you are one of my followers and you already have your Christmas tree and decorations up-kudos for you. I’m not saying that you can’t put those things up and get excited, I’m just trying to remind you that this is a month of Thanks, and as such should be held in high regard too. Keep your red and green decorations up, play your Jingle bells loud but please remember to stop and remember the things that make you thankful.


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